This year has given many people a chance to reassess their priorities. If you always wanted a motorcycle but were worried about the dangers, recent events may have helped you put that risk into perspective.

Motorcycles sales have risen across the country in the last few months. Many people have decided they are the ideal vehicle to take you out into the fresh air while avoiding contact with others. They are cheaper to run than a car and bring some fun into your life.

If you are buying a motorcycle for the first time, these are some tips to keep you safer:

  • Start small: In the same way, you should not buy a Ferrari as your first car, do not buy a motorcycle with too much power. It takes time to learn how to handle a bike well. You can upgrade as you improve.
  • All the gear all the time: An armored jacket does not protect you when hung on a hook at home. Make sure you wear full protective clothing every time you get on your bike, however short your trip. When budgeting for your bike, ensure you leave enough for helmet, jacket, gloves, trousers and boots. You are more likely to come off when you are a new rider.
  • Take additional training: Courses will help you become a more competent rider faster. If you want to learn to go around corners, take a novice track day. They are ideal for gaining skills in a safe environment.

Most motorcycle crashes involve other vehicles. If you do have a motorcycle accident, there is a good chance a driver was at fault. You will need legal help to claim compensation.